Two birds on a rock with blue water behind them

Redshank

This Oystercatcher (on the left) and Redshank (on the right) are enjoying the sun as they feast on Barnacles from the rocks down at Boyces Bay. The Redshank is a common wader especially found in coastal estuaries.It can be identified by it’s bright red legs and feeds mostly on worms. The Redshank has been red-listed…

A moth with red spotted wings with yellow daisy like flowers inthe background

Six-spot Burnet Moth

Six-spot Burnet’s have been seen in the area and are very common throughout Europe. These day flying moths are strikingly coloured metallic black with crimson spots, just to remind you that they contain cyanide!! They can be found especially on hot, sunny days from June to August. This individual is feeding off nectar from Ragwort…

A large bird stands on seaweed covered rocks with waves crashing in the background

Grey Heron

This hungry Heron appears completely unfazed down at Carnivan as angry waves close in. The Grey Heron is a native to Ireland and can be found in wetlands around the country. It feeds on fish, amphibians, small mammals, insects and reptiles. Grey Herons have a very diverse range and those in northerly parts have been…

A grey squirrel perched high in a tree

A Grey Squirrel in Tintern

A Grey squirrel cheekily looks down from its perch in the woods at Tintern. This rodent, which is almost twice the size and weight of its cousin the Red squirrel, was introduced into Ireland in 1911. It was at a wedding party in Castle Forbes, County Longford that this novelty ‘gift’ escaped into the wild…